A month from today, I will complete my 49th trip around the sun. It’s a strange feeling; as I type those words, I can so clearly remember the younger version of myself who never thought he’d live to see 25. In fact, I remember not wanting to.
A little more than a year ago I set a goal for myself to be in the best health of my life when I get to 50, and I have worked pretty hard toward reaching it. Is my body in its best shape? No. But I lost a lot of weight and feel much better, which is the important thing to me. I also made some incredible changes to my personal life, expanded my family, and began a long and expensive process of dental work that will be completed in early October.
After years of deeply-rooted shame, I finally began taking medication for my high-functioning anxiety, and it is working! I am communicating better than ever with the people I love. I am taking time for myself and exploring the pieces of me that have been tucked away and ignored for far too long.
While I may not have reached my physical best when my birthday gets here next month, my wellness is my priority now and I feel stronger, happier, and more content than I can ever remember being. The younger me who didn’t want to live is really happy that he did.
My hope for you today is that you realize you don’t need to wait for an important event or a milestone birthday to begin changing your life for the better. Figure out what you want. Make a goal, make a plan, and never forget that I love you.